This day at the Cemetery #49~ Cleveland Cemetery ~ Purlear, Wilkes County, North Carolina ~ Finale

I just discovered this small cemetery that is the final resting place of some of my Cleveland ancestors. It only has 27 graves on it, the first one was in 1732 and the last one was in 1981. That means it was in use for 249 years! It appears to be located on private land. The grounds are overrun with tall grass but the wrought iron fence that surrounds it is in good condition.

19 graves in this cemetery belong to my ancestors so I will be spending the next few weeks honoring those who are buried here.

Leander Carmickle Yates is my paternal 4th cousin 3 times removed. He was born on January 6, 1853, in Purlear, Wilkes County, North Carolina. He was the second of 10 children born to Jesse C. Yates (1817-1898) and Sarah Caroline Eller (1831-1919). He lived his entire life in the town of Purlear. He married Jeslin Martha Phipps (1874-1952) on March 3, 1890 in Ashe County, North Carolina. They had 7 children, 6 sons and 1 daughter. Leander was a farmer and he owned his own farm. He died on June 14, 1922, at the age of 69. No headstone has been found.

Jeslin Martha Phipps is the wife of my paternal 4th cousin 3 times removed. She was born on September 3, 1874, in Chestnut Hill, Ashe County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Robert Phipps (1850-1939) and Caroline Yates (1849-1923).She is listed on the Dawes Rolls as a Cherokee Indian. She married Leander Carmickle Yates(1853-1922) on March 3, 1890, in Ashe County, North Carolina. They had 7 children, 6 sons and 1 daughter. She died on November 7, 1952, at the age of 90. No headstone has been found.

Vannoy Cleveland Yates, is my paternal 5th cousin 2x removed. He was born on April 14, 1891, the oldest of 7 children born to Leander Carmickle Yates (1853-1922) and Jeslin Martha Phipps (1874-1952). He joined the army in 1914 and served until 1919. He married Lillie Barbara Shew (1893-1981) on February 6, 1825, and they had 4 children, 3 sons and 1 daughter. Vannoy owned a 300 acre farm in Stanton, Wilkes County, North Carolina where they had moved after they got married. Vannoy died September 9, 1968, in Wilkes County, North Carolina at the age of 77.

Lillie Barbara Shew, is the wife of my paternal 5th cousin 2x removed. She was born on March 2, 1893, to Simon Shew and Carolina Yates, She married Vannoy Cleveland Yates (1891-1968) on February 6, 1825, and they had 4 children, 3 sons and 1 daughter. They moved to Stanton, Wilkes County, North Carolina after they got married. Lillie died January 1, 1981, in Wilkes County, North Carolina at the age of 88.

Robert Harrison Yates, is my paternal 5th cousin 2 times removed. He was born on June 11, 1899, in Purlear, Wilkes County, North Carolina, the 5th child born to Leander Carmickle Yates (1853-1922) and Jeslin Martha Phipps (1874-1952). Robert died on December 8, 1905, at the age of 6 from scarlet fever. No headstone has been found.

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